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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Aug 18, 2012 9:45pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: A question for Video-Cellar: Are the following TV episodes OK to upload?

1. Pre-1962 episodes of "The Larkins" (British sitcom)
2. Pre-1962 episodes of "The Rag Trade" (British sitcom)
3. Pre-1962 episodes of "The Arthur Haynes Show" (British variety series)
4. Pre-1962 episodes of "Citizen James" (British sitcom)
5. Pre-1962 episodes of "Emergency – Ward 10" (British drama)

Would these be OK to upload? Moongleam (on the classic TV board) says that are not allowed.

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Aug 20, 2012 3:45pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: A question for Video-Cellar: Are the following TV episodes OK to upload?

The easiest way to look at it is that the lack of term comparison (rule of the shorter term) in US law, British shows would not be entering the public domain in the US on an annual basis. Under this rule it would only be those broadcasts that where public domain in the UK at GATT that are public domain, which is those that where not protected under the 1910 Copyright Act (up to about 1959)

But it is more complicated. Current UK copyright law does not offer reciprocal copyright protection to US broadcasts made before 1989 (when the US joined Berne). This means that GATT may not apply to British broadcasts. But that would be something for a court to decide.

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Aug 20, 2012 11:45pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: A question for Video-Cellar: Are the following TV episodes OK to upload?

So should I just upload them and hope for the best, or just plain not bother to upload them?

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Aug 19, 2012 12:33am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Rituals (1977)

Video-Cellar:
Some time ago you said that Rituals (a.k.a. The Creeper) (1977) is p.d. Do you still think so?


This post was modified by Moongleam on 2012-08-19 07:33:42

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Aug 20, 2012 3:57pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Rituals (1977)

As far as I can tell this is a US/Canada co-production release without a notice under both titles prior to 1978. The fact that it is a US co-production should mean that it isn't eligible for GATT.

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Aug 20, 2012 10:37pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Rituals (1977)

Thanks a lot.
Someone posted a review stating that this was probably GATTed.

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Poster: skybandit Date: Aug 21, 2012 6:13pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Rituals (1977)

Well, excu-u-u-u-use me for being full of shit! Ain't the first time, won't be the last. :)